Welcome back and happy Sunday! I was all set to appear on Talking HealthTech with Peter Birch and boom…major tech failure. So, after deciding rescheduling would be a good idea, because nothing substitutes for pleasing conduct, and my conduct and views on tech were NOT going to be pleasing…here we are with a new computer!

One of these is going back under warranty
next week – we are go!

Where are we with vaccines? We promised a big first quarter of the year with vaccines; we’re 1.75 months in, whattup? Here’s the info, as of today (and The Good GP – with Dr Sean Stevens and Professor Paul Effler):

COVID vaccine phase 1a (Pfizer vaccine) starts Monday (tomorrow) in hospitals and aged care facilities

1000 out of the 6000 General Practices in Australia will be involved in phase 1b (Astra Zeneca vaccine)

We will know more 24 February 2021 about this

Influenza Vaccine probably being delivered 23 March 2021 to GP practices

The advice is to get this ASAP but…

Ideally there will be 14 days between Influenza and COVID vaccines and…

This is more of a logistical lockout period than a hard and fast medical contraindication

They are both inactivated vaccines – they shouldn’t cross react

More vaccine (Astra Zeneca) is being made in Melbourne – hopefully coming to ALL GP practices soon!

(although GP ingenuity is coming to the fore already)

Empty grandstands

Now a football stadium turned GP-led mass COVID vaccination site is on the cards.

The proposed site is Whitten Oval, home to AFL club the Western Bulldogs, where up to 450 people could be vaccinated with the Oxford University/AstraZeneca candidate per hour once up and running.

Dr Anita Muñoz, Chair of RACGP Victoria and member of the RACGP’s COVID Working Group, told newsGP the innovative venture could be the latest example of successful advocacy conducted jointly by the state faculty and the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) Victorian branch since the beginning of the year.

This is also an opportunity to see your GP, and book in routine medical care (and your second dose!), which is super important at all times. It’s also an opportunity, I think, and here is where I will segue to my personal opinion, to prepare yourself for a return to the usual things in life – relatives and family, travel and holidays, exercise and eating/drinking in moderation. Some will say that we will not eradicate COVID and we will not be at zero risk. Therefore travel is out and normal life cannot resume. I refer back to my post on risk and say that the aim is to get risk down to bearable levels, not to get to zero risk. The only zero risk state is death.

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PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

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(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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